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New Brunswick to intervene in Saskatchewan court challenge of carbon tax

FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick government says it will intervene in Saskatchewan’s court challenge of the federal government’s carbon pricing plan.

Saskatchewan’s government has asked its Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal plan is constitutional.

The Ontario government is also challenging the plan in court, and New Brunswick says it will file a notice of intervention in that court challenge in the coming weeks.

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says the federal plan would boost the price of gasoline in his province by 12 cents per litre over the next four years.

Ottawa asked all provinces to put a minimum price on emissions of $20 a tonne by Jan. 1.

The tax will be imposed in April on New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario — the provinces that have not signed on to the federal plan or come up with their own plan to curb carbon.

The Canadian Press